Meet the Earth Team Interns 2016-17

Alex Arriola


I joined up with Earth Team because I feel as if we can make a difference. In Earth Team we will be reaching out away from school and into the real world. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go to all of the meetings due to baseball.

Fun Fact: One interesting fact about me is that I play baseball!

Laurence Chen


My name is Lawrence. I like to play sports, especially basketball. I like to eat all kinds of food. I like all kinds of music except country. I play video games to relax. I am excited to make a positive impact with Earth Team.

Fun Fact: I can play 11 sports

Maribel Espinoza


My name is Maribel Espinoza and I am 17 years old. I live in Oakland, California and I am the oldest in the family. I am very excited to be working with Earth Team and learn many things about the environment and also helping the community look better. I love helping out my community and I believe Earth Team is a great way to do it.

Fun Fact: A fun fact about myself is that I love cats very much and own one but I am allergic!

Lucy Ginsburg


My name is Lucy and I am a 10th grader at Oakland Tech. I decided to join Earth Team because it is the first opportunity I have encountered since entering high school that allows me to help improve our environment on a local level.

Fun Fact: A fun fact about me is that I do rowing as a competitive sport and my favorite animals are wombats. 

Jazmyn Gray


My name is Jazmyn! I am currently a Senior at Oakland Technical High School. I joined Earth Team because I am sick and tired of people, especially in the United States, refusing to acknowledge the potential danger of climate change and the many other problems with the earth. I want to change that, and make sure that human beings can still prosper in the next millennium.

Fun Fact: An interesting fact about me is that I am a musical nerd. 

CoCo Gutman


My name is CoCo. I have been in the Green Club at Oakland Tech for 2 years working with waste at Tech. I joined Earth Team because I love the Earth and I really want Oakland Tech to have compost and recycling. I am super excited about this year!

Fun Fact: A fun fact about me is that I am really good at accents and impressions.

Nicole Kerr


My name is Nicole and I am 16. I am interested in the environment because Earth is the only planet that we know and as such we we as humans should treat it with love and respect. I believe that animals and plants share the environment with and and so we should make sure it is a livable place for all, and that is why I joined Earth Team!

Fun Fact: I was vegetarian since I was 8 and have recently turned vegan and I would like to be a teacher when I am older.

Vivian Lac


My name is Vivian and I am a Senior at Oakland Tech. I like helping others and the community. As a member/intern in Earth Team, I am interested in making Oakland Tech more eco-friendly.

Fun Fact: An interesting fact about me is I enjoy calculus. 

Suzanne Lee


My name is Suzanne Lee. I am an 11th grader at Oakland Tech. I've joined Earth Team hoping to learn, as well as experience something new. I feel like being in Earth Team would give me a better understanding of the environment as well as the world around us.

Fun Fact: One fun fact about me is that I love squirrels. I used to go squirrel hunting (That’s what we called it. It’s basically squirrel watching.) with my friend every Thursday. We would go to this nearby park while eating sushi and drinking Starbucks.

Jessica Nguyen


I am Jessica, a Senior at Oakland Tech. I am interested in learning more about how we can save our environment and how I can be more involved in my community. I am excited for participating in field days and getting to know other people better.

Fun Fact: One interesting fact about me is that I love strawberries! They’re the best fruits ever! :)

Sylvie Rodgers


My name is Sylvie and I am an 11th grader at Oakland Tech. I joined Earth Team because I believe that protecting our environment is super important. I enjoy discussing environmental issues.

Fun fact: I am part of a dance company.

Sierra Rutledge


My name is Sierra Rutledge. I have loved nature since I was a little girl and grew up on a nature reserve for 6 years of my life. I have grown up in Oakland my whole life and would love to see my community flourish and be as clean as possible for the next generation.

Fun Fact: A fun fact about me is that I want to be an international Teacher when I grow up. 

Tiffany Tong


The mosaics on city trash cans, teenagers wearing bright neon vests to clean up the trash on the streets, the projects I worked on my freshmen year about Earth Day and air pollution, the students managing the 3-bin system in the cafeteria during lunch, all lead to where I am today. A 10th grade student studying environmental science, a freelance environmental volunteer, and an Earth Team intern. I joined this program with goals in mind, one of which is to raise awareness about waste and find ways to motivate students to clean after themselves in an efficient manner.

Fun Fact: This is my third internship from my middle and high school years but my first environmental one.

Jennifer Valdez


My name is Jennifer and I am a 12th grader at Oakland Tech. My interests are very random. I like animals, nature and the outdoors, but also like the indoors, watching anime and reading Manga. This program will be interesting because I enjoy doing something to help the environment. I have been connected with the environment all of middle school and wanted to continue my interests again.                                                                                            
Fun Fact: A fun fact is that I like potatoes.

Kendall Williams


Hi, my name is Kendall and I am 16. I decided to join Earth Team because I wanted to join an after school group that helped improve the environment and community for people and animals. When I graduate I want to study Animal Rehabilitation and Biology, so I can go on to be a zoologists.

Fun Fact: An interesting fact about me is I have had a lot of pets!